Choosing between an Outdoor and an Indoor Swimming Pool

Indoor or outdoor swimming pools can, normally, be constructed in your property, or can be built in some properties, in order to improve them and help their value grow. When outdoor pools are taken into consideration, they are most certainly an easier and cheaper version to build a pool. But, you should have in mind that both indoor and outdoor swimming pools require additional instruments, maintenance products, and are accompanied with their own construction costs.

The person who buys a pool must decide how it’s going to be used, when deciding on an indoor or an outdoor pool construction project. Not so favorable weather conditions can affect the benefits of owning an outdoor pool, because then they’re limited to the seasons. In most countries an outdoor pool can usually be used only for a few months a year, when it is hot enough to heat the water so that it can be comfortable to swim in. Yet another benefit of an indoor one is that you’re the one who gets to decide on the water temperature levels all the time. You can install a temperature control system, so that you can make everything the way you like it throughout the whole year, no matter the weather conditions.

The reduced maintenance costs connected to an indoor project are often of big importance. The outdoor pools don’t require as much maintenance as the indoor types. All indoor ones should have a pool deck towards the pool so the water doesn’t rest against the walls, while the outdoor ones should be with a pool deck away from the pool so the amount of debris passing into it is reduced as much as possible. When using an indoor swimming pool, you may be a little disconnected from the outside natural environment. The ones in your backyard are more fun in summer months, but have limited usage days for exercise, for example. To avoid being disconnected from nature, many owners build big windows, skylights or glass doors to provide the natural light entering the pool enclosure. During the summer months the maintenance cost are reduced, but many owners want their pool to be clean and safe so they hire cleaning companies to maintain chemicals at a safe level.

An indoor pool requires high quality air ventilation, so that the fumes from the chemicals are kept outside the pool room. If you want a pool in your room, the walls and flooring must be created using water proof materials and vapor barriers to diminish the chance of mold damage. Despite the higher costs of an indoor pool many households prefer this one rather than an outdoor pool. That’s because of the ability to use the pool whenever you like, of course.

Swimming pool types

Swimming pools come as in-ground pools and above-ground ones (what you’ll decide on depends only on your personal taste). They come in many materials and each one has its own system of maintenance.

  • Fiberglass is use for a one-piece tub that fits into a pre-dug hole. Its slick surface repels algae, but it will still need some re-coating.
  • A concrete pool is covered with a water seal made of plaster that is more durable than other pool materials. Every 7-10 years the concrete pools need to be resurfaced or replaced.
  • Another concrete pool is the Aggregate Finish which is a pool with a specialized finish, with better traction. A layer of rounded gravel comes as a cover.
  • Tile is a type of a pool that is made out of concrete with a tile finish instead of a plaster finish. It requires less maintenance then other materials.
  • Vinyl-lined pools are similar to fiberglass ones because of their slick surface that repels algae. It is easy to maintain the chemical balance in these kinds of pools, but they need to be replaced in about every 10 years.

Also, consider which size or shape of pool will best suit your needs. If you want to swim laps, you’ll need a long pool. If you want to entertain yourself, you’ll need some non-pool space (such as a deck) and shade. If you want a pool to just relax, a smaller model may be adequate.

Conclusion

You should plan everything accordingly. See if you have time to spend 4-8 hours a week to maintain your pool. You’ll need some basic equipment and chemicals to add. You should be informed about the many things needed to maintain your pool properly. If you’re not the one for the job, then you can hire a professional pool maintenance company. If you’re interested enough, you can learn how to do it yourself and save some money. Consider the size and the shape of your pool-to-be. Smaller ones are good to relax, and the ones that are a little bigger with some non- pool space are better if you want entertainment and fun. You’re the one to decide, but think carefully. We all know that a pool is no small investment.

Ivan Dimitrijevic has his focus on blogging as well as social media marketing. He writes about indoor and outdoor swimming pool supplies, like pool cleaners, pumps and full range of swimming pool chemicals. Among other things he had articles published that consider a wide range of topics that include architecture, landscaping and interior design.